Collected Stories of William Faulkner Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens to Minnie on the first day she leaves her apartment after the attack?

2. What devastating fact does Pappy find out about the black woman he is in love with?

3. What vegetable is Abner Snope ordered to use to pay back his debts?

4. When Res Grier is waiting for his friend to return from fox hunting, how late is he when he finally arrives at work?

5. Why does the president decide to hold a "mock trial" for the Indian chief's nephew?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Minnie Cooper attempts to leave her home on the day after the attack in "Dry September"?

2. What rumor spreads through town about Minnie Cooper, and how do the townsfolk react in the story "Dry September"?

3. How does Pete's family react when he is killed in combat in the story "Shall Not Perish"?

4. Why is Res Grier accused of arson?

5. In the story "A Justice," why does Doom leave his tribe and where does he go?

6. What series of events takes place when Minnie realizes that there are mules in her yard in the story of the same name?

7. What do the townsfolk find behind the locked door in Emily Grierson's home after she dies?

8. What request does Pappy make of Doom when he returns to the tribe, and what is Doom's response?

9. How does McLendon treat women in the story "Dry September"?

10. Why do the Jefferson townsfolk pity Emily Grierson after her father dies?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Red Leaves" is the first story in the collection to deal with the issue of slavery from the Native American point of view. First, explain how the Native Americans in this story treat their slaves. Then, compare/contrast this treatment to the way the white men in Faulkner's collection treat their slaves. Why is "Red Leaves" an important story within this collection?

Essay Topic 2

"Lo" is the only story that deals with a real, historical character in its depiction of an American president. First, describe the way the president was portrayed in this story. Then compare/contrast our country's leader to the Indian tribe leader in the story. To which group does Faulkner's historical sympathy seem to lie? How can you tell?

Essay Topic 3

The story of Doom becoming Indian chief of his tribe is one full of adultery, murder, dishonesty and racism. Give at least one examples of each of these elements within the story "A Justice." Then explain why you think Faulkner chose to give this story its particular title.

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